Director: Bruce Lee

Special effects may have paved the way for more pulse-pounding martial arts action in movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004). But watching the perfectly practiced technique of two highly trained fighters—Dragon (Bruce Lee) and Colt (Chuck Norris)—go toe to toe brings its own set of genuine thrills.